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Family Resource-Youth Service Centers outline Santa's Helpers program for this year
Family Focus has been helping families with Christmas expenses for several years, and wants to continue the program. Here is an outline of the guidelines for this holiday season:

To be eligible for the program:

-          The family must qualify for free lunches by Household Income Form (HIF).

-          The family cannot be receiving assistance from any other Christmas program.

-          The children must be enrolled in Ballard County Schools.

-          For children who are too young for school, parents must bring proof of Medicaid or SNAP benefits from Ballard County DCBS.

A parent or guardian must attend two of the workshops in order to be eligible for Christmas assistance, OR have attended the Oct. 21 meeting in the BMHS cafeteria plus one workshop. ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD AT THE LACENTER FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH EARLY LEARNING CENTER AT 455 OLIVE ST. Workshops are as follows:  

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.: Jennifer Robinson and Reta Renfrow, Infinite Campus and computer technology

Thursday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.: Citizens Deposit Bank, budgeting - CORRECTED TIME

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m.: Sam Powell, building self-esteem in children

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.: Pastor Brian Steward, parenting

Monday, Nov. 25, 6 p.m.: Paula Jerrell, holiday cooking on a budget

Participants do not have to sign up in advance or RSVP for a workshop.

Parents who attend the required workshops will receive a gift card to Kohl’s for each child and will select items from the toys donated to Family Focus. This will allow parents to shop for their children and pick out their individual gifts.  

To sponsor a child or family, please send Kohl’s gift cards, toys or cash donations to Family Focus, P.O. Box 434, LaCenter, Ky., 42056.  

For more information, please call Family Focus Director Kelly Wray at 270-665-8400, ext. 2026, or email Kelly.Wray@ballard.kyschools.us; or Teen Focus Director Tina Armer at ext. 2028, or email tina.armer@ballard.kyschools.us

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